Shore excursions from Dover port are a great way to experience all that your destination has to offer. Pre-book your shore excursions when finalizing your cruise to ensure you are able to reserve all of the excursions that we offer from Dover cruise terminal.
While other companies or your cruise liner provide shore excursions by coach for a large group we focus exclusively small group shore excursions in a luxury minivan or 16 seater mini coach. Our shore excursions allow you to travel in much smaller groups of up to 8 in a luxury minivan or groups of up to 14 in a luxury mini coach offering a more personalized experience and are less expensive than your cruise liner can offer.
For our shore excursions we only use top of the range air-conditions minivans and mini coaches up to 14 passengers to allow you have more time for your excursions rather than being shepherded back and forward to a large coach and wasting your valuable time.
We offer shore excursions on all dates when Carnival, Celebrity, Crystal, Holland America, MSC, NCL, Oceania, Princes, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean, Silversea cruise lines are in port of Dover.
Dover Shore Excursions Itinerary
7:30 - 8:00 Depart Dover
Your day will start at Dover from your cruise ship and we will start collecting you at 7:30am and leaving port by 8am and you will return to your cruise ship by 4pm.
We depart Dover port and drive towards Canterbury past the famous white cliffs, this magnificent coastal site is overlooking the English Chanel. The point between Dover and the French port of Calais is the narrowest part of the English Channel.
The cliffs of Dover have a great symbolic value in Britain as they face towards France and have formed a symbolic guard of Britain from invasions from across the English Chanel during the two world wars and throughout history.
Our first stop is the magnificent city of Canterbury A Cathedral inspired by English Gothic architecture, Canterbury Cathedral is a big attraction. The wealth of Canterbury Cathedral was bought in by the visiting pilgrims, who were made famous by Chaucer in his book Canterbury Tales. The Cathedral still dominates the sky line of Canterbury today.
Medieval pilgrims used to visit Canterbury to visit the shrine of Thomas Becket, The Archbishop of Canterbury, who was murdered in the cathedral in 1170 and historians still debate the involvement of Henry II.
There are many tombs of famous people that you will be able to see such as Henry IV and The Black Prince (Edward of Woodstock, Prince of Wales)
Step back in history as you walk around the Cathedral.
Leets Castle Tour
On arrival at Leeds Castle you will be in awe of the magnificent 900 year old Norman castle which is built on two small islands rising majestically from the moat and surrounded by a lake formed by the River Len accompanied by the most scenic formal gardens and park lands you are ever likely to see.
You will explore the 900 year old castle, chapel, galleries, courtyards and banqueting hall before taking time to enjoy the gardens with wildlife which includes wildfowl and black swans and you can also experience the maze made out of 2400 yew trees.
After visiting Leeds Castle we will depart at 13:15pm towards Dover Castle.
Dover Castle Tour
We will reach Dover Castle at 13:45pm where you will spend one hour 45 minutes to visit and explore the castle.
Placed above the white cliffs of Dover, the ancient Dover castle has been protecting the English shores for around 2000 years. The Medieval Dover Castle, which is the largest Castle in England, was founded around 1160 by King Henry II, and is famously known as the key to England. The castle was designed by Henry II architect Maurice the Engineer and was built between 1180 and 1185. Henry II would welcome noble pilgrims travelling to the new shrine in Canterbury Cathedral of St Thomas Becket.
The Castle was a symbol of kingly power and authority guarding the gateway to the realm. It has been continuously garrisoned right up until 1958, protecting Britain from invasion from the shortest sea crossing from Europe.
Dover Castle is a great medieval fortress with the Great Tower at its heart. The Tower is 83 feet high, just less than 100 feet square and the walls are up to 21 feet thick. From 1740 until 1945 its defences were successively updated in response to every European war involving Britain.
The Castle hosted many royal visits by Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria.
During the Napoleonic Wars Dover became a garrison town and there was a need to build barracks which were built in tunnels about 15 meters below the cliffs top. The tunnels become abandoned for more than a century until the outbreak of the Second World War when they were converted into an air-raid shelter and later into a military command centre and underground hospital.
After visiting Dover Castle our shore excursion is coming to an end and we will depart for your cruise ship at 15:45pm to Dover port which is only 10 minutes away.
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